How long did it take you to lose 50 pounds?
I started in February 2010. I lost 30 pounds by late August 2010, 40 pounds by late December 2010, and reached my 50-pound weight loss goal in May 2012. Yes, it took a long time, but it’s normal. The closer you get to your goal, the harder it is to lose the weight. I hit one plateau after another trying to lose the last 10 pounds.
How much and what do you eat?
Right now I’m in the maintenance stage. On average, I eat between 1,500 and 1,900 calories per day. While I was losing weight, I was eating between 1,200 and 1,500, staying towards the low to middle end of my range most days. I avoid processed foods, convenience/pre-packaged/frozen meals, sugar, white pastas and bread, alcohol (although I love a glass of wine every now and then) and fat free/reduced fat/sugar free alternatives (margarine, artificial sweeteners). On a regular day, I consume upwards of 8 servings of fruits and vegetables. The minimum amount of protein I need is 60 grams. I aim for 15-20 grams of protein per meal (I’m a vegetarian – if I do this, I know I’ll have at least 60 grams by the end of the day). I love to cook, and I try to make everything homemade (veggie burgers, soups, sauces, etc.).
What do you do for exercise?
I exercise for at least 10 minutes everyday. I love to run, so much that I’m guilty of running too much while not doing as much strength training as I should. If I can’t get outside to run, I’ll do 30 minutes of Just Dance on the Wii. (SO MUCH FUN.) I love Pilates and Yoga and do each of them a few times a week. I try to do full body strength training 3 times a week, although it’s sometimes only 2 sessions. I’ve done a number of Jillian Michaels’ workouts (30 Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones, Ripped in 30) and I’m currently doing Killer Buns and Thighs and Yoga Meltdown.
How did you stay motivated?
Results! When the first 10 pounds came off, that was enough to keep me motivated. I saw that I could do it, and I just kept going.